I have been studying the scripture for years. I’ve attended schools and have set under great Bible teachers in different denominations. Knowledge is pain, I’ve said this before but I need to say it again. Even when we think we have it down more is revealed to show us yet again just how much grace and mercy we need in our life because we are so far from being what we should be. I am not a perfect man and I have sins in my life that I both overcame and yet have some that I’ve slide back down to like all of us. It’s not a fun life if you take things serious. Its full of troubles and trails in one way or another. The true blessing is how we remain alive and not insane throughout it all. Without him we have nothing and are nothing. But through it all the scariest thing for me right now is the knowledge that I may never find a place for me and my family. I fear that I have to take whatever out there just to have a place to be. All my life I really felt that the truth is out there and there are others that know about it and teach about, a common place of faith that pagan worship is absent from without assumptions of grandeur. A place that believes on truly what the Bible says and directs others towards the same. A place not influenced by the world’s view and ignore scripture facts to fit in. This place doesn’t exist I fear. They all claim to be right yet none, by themselves, are. It’s like I’m waiting on the one church that takes difference and puts them aside and focuses on nothing but salvation the way the scripture has written it out to be. Look I know most of you will claim your church teaches this but sooner or later it comes out just like the others they don’t. They either believe in denominations rituals and rules over what the scripture holds you too or they allow anything to be accepted inside the doors ignoring scripture yet again. There seems to be no middle ground. So I still search, faithfully not in vain.
The cross! The image has represented emotion in many believers today. In movies it is said to have power over the evil of this world, be it vampires or Satan himself. Worldwide it is carried on necklaces, place on top of churches and or put in tattoos on people bodies. For hundreds of years we have been told this is the item that represents salvation or power if held or even kissed. In some they hold it as if christ still hung on it himself .
This might hurt a little but it is what I have always talked about on this site, the truth. As a Christian myself I find it shocking that most of use still can’t separate truth from myth and traditions. So much of man’s actions are traditional rituals that have nothing to do with God himself. First off, the word mistranslated into cross is Stauros which means upright stake or pole in its basic definition. It has never been used to ID a formation like a cross during the crusified Christ dated time. In fact the idea of the cross came over a hundred years or more after this event. The image itself was made popular because of a dream a leader had that wasn’t a Christian or follower or Elohim. But claimed he had a dream and a promise that if he marched into battle with the image of a cross he would win and he did, so he lifted the acts against Christians and their belief at that timw because of that dream. Did God truly give him the dream? I don’t know. Nobody can say for sure but what we do know is that the image of the cross isn’t new. It’s a instrument of death. Used to kill and torture people. Personally if Christ died on a tire it wouldn’t mean any less to me nor should it you. Christ and Elohim are our saviors here not the cross, stake or pole. How Christ was tortured before his death has nothing to do with the purity of his sacrifice. It doesn’t give his death more power or meaning if it was a cross, pole, or a rock. But most importantly it doesn’t make that rock, pole, or cross an object of worship. It was used before Christ hung on it and it was used there after. If anything the cross or stake should be a image of shame for us. It is there our savior was killed because of our sins. Why would I want to put that on my body or around my neck. It wasn’t made by Christ or Elohim as some secret power device that only Christ should be killed on. Man created this device. Sinful men, men who could not care two cents about a savior or God. Lastly, here’s a secret. Christ isn’t on the cross anymore people. Stop creating false idols of a person on a cross when nobody knows what christ looked like. So whoever is painted and carved into a image on the cross isn’t him and you are making a false God out of it. Yes even Micheal Angelo version of Christ is false. Don’t make any graven images (statues) of anything in heaven, earth or sea below, remember the commandment? Why , because no matter your purpose or skill you would never get the true image of Elohim or Christ and that equals to a false images or false gods that you are kissing and bowing down to or putting on your body. God is not a cross , Christ is no longer on the cross, and that instrument of death for our savior may not have been a cross period when all is said and done. So stop putting faith in idols things and images. Focus on Christ and Elohim through faith.This is what they desire of us. Not rituals, traditions, and false idols of them.
The more you study, attend biblical schools, and do research on scripture the more you find that you wish that didn’t, in a way. Knowledge is pain. The more you know, the more you find traditions of men, not God. Through my journey with speaking and learning from different denominations the more I find common elements. The thought principle of “We are the true church” or a list of needed steps, beliefs, and or rituals that the Bible neither supports or gives word to is the result. Yet they all claim to follow the same bible pretty much. Yes there are some denominations that have more books in their bible such as Catholics but again their own added books never support the concept they hold to praying to saints or having any other mediator between God and Man but Christ much less create statues of them to bow down and pray to them. In fact their bible and others show this is forbidden to do. Then we have different translations of the bible found in denominations like Jehovah witnesses. But again even using their bible nothing in it supports or gives them the ok for them replacing the Jews with their organization in key scriptures such as the call of the 144,000. Anyone or any religion can make claims about that but bottom line the scripture is very clear from old testament to the New that the 144,000 are of the Jewish blood line and are all males, virgin males to be exact. Then we move to Baptist, who’s creed for the majority of them “say” that you need only to confess with you mouth and believe in heart that christ is the son of God, died for your sins, and rose from the dead for salvation. This among all others is truly the only requirement of salvation that the Bible actual actually says. If this was it I would say bravo. But then they turn around and add other stuff such as the man made concept of the Trinity. They will tell others that do not believe in this concept that they will go to hell if this isn’t how you explain what God is or how the son and father exist. Wait, what about the creed you preach for the requirement of salvation. Nowhere in the bible is the words “oh, yeah….I forgot.. you have to believe God is a trinity for you to be saved”. God has never required man to understand how he is or exactly what in essence he is. Nor does he require man to understand exactly everything between he the Father and the Son came to be as a requirement for your salvation. Man makes this a requirement not God. Flip the same coin around and we have the Pentecostal belief that God isn’t made up of three people but he is only One person. And again, the requirement to be able to come up with a explanation to describe God and how he does what he does between him the Father and his son or how they are made up is not now nor ever was a requirement for your salvation. As man we spend our life trying to figure out the keys of the universe and how it is. It’s in our nature I guess but we are talking about a Being that has knowledge well and above anything we can comprehend so why do we think he would require us to be able to explain him as a requirement of salvation when we would be wrong no matter what we said because what ever we came up with would still be light years away from explaining truly what he is. I could gone on and on with examples of more things and more denominations but I believe you get where I’m going. I have been in search of a place that this truth is known. A building of like minded people that just allow scripture to speak for itself and place none of man’s regulations upon its people but yet stand against things mentioned as sin no matter how popular those life styles are for the world (homosexuality, Easter bunnies, and Winter solstice pagan worship in place of christ for Christmas, etc ). I am getting closer to understanding that this place or people might not yet exist as a church. I’m tired of hitting wrong turns and seeing the same things over and over. “If you aren’t catholic you aren’t saved , if you aren’t Jehovah Witness then you aren’t apart of his true family. If you don’t believe how we explain the nature of the Son, Father, or Holy spirit then you aren’t saved. How about we have Christ Yeshua as our risen from the dead Lord and master being the son of God and having to die for man’s sins and let him work out the rest as our advocate and high priest to the Father, Elohim?